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After HeavenSpirituality in America Since the 1950s$
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Robert Wuthnow

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780520213968

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520213968.001.0001

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Spirituality of the Inner Self

Spirituality of the Inner Self

(p.142) CHAPTER Six Spirituality of the Inner Self
After Heaven

Robert Wuthnow

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the connection between spirituality and the inner self. Interest in the inner self was renewed during the late 1980s and 1990s, as part of Americans' quest for spirituality. This chapter begins with two examples of how the inner self has helped people find their spirituality. It then studies the changing nature of the self, which also reviews the contrast between dwelling and seeking. It also addresses two contrasting beliefs that focusing on the self could prevent a person from being guided by a religious community, or could help a person develop deeper spirituality. The chapter also tries to determine if the spirituality of the inner self is the same as traditional religion.

Keywords:   inner self, nature of the self, dwelling, seeking, traditional religion, religious community, deeper spirituality

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